April 18, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - Four University of Oklahoma women's basketball players were among several OU student-athletes honored at the second annual Max Weitzenhoffer Scholar Athlete Breakfast Tuesday morning inside the Grand Ballroom of the OU Student Union.

Senior All-American forward Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) was given the Athletic Director's Leadership Award for her drive and commitment to the university and the women's basketball program this past season.

Sophomore Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) was awarded the Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete of the Year. Dales boasts a 3.64 grade point average while averaging 11.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game a year ago.

Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) was one of six Sooner athletes named to the Service Award group. Caufield has made it a point to contribute to the community through her commitment to service.

Freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) was named the Jay Myers and PACE award winner. These two awards are the most prestigious for freshmen student-athletes. Hill's Jay Myers Award marks the third consecutive year that an OU women's basketball player has received this honor. She is also the second women's basketball player in the last three years to be selected among the top 1% of the university freshman class (the PACE award). Junior Desiree Taylor was the previous winner in 1998.

"I am very proud of our players," stated OU Head Women's Basketball Coach Sherri Coale.

"Phylesha, Stacey, LaNeishea and Caton are great role models and an inspiration to all of us.

"The University of Oklahoma is an outstanding academic and athletic school that is preparing its student-athletes to be champions for life."